Patriarch of Jerusalem speaks to US leaders on recognition of Palestine
September 21, 2011
Archbishop Fouad Twal, the Latin-rite Catholic Patriarch of Jerusalem, has been in Washington this week to speak with American leaders about the proposal for UN recognition of a Palestinian state.
The Patriarch did not disclose what he planned to say in meetings on September 21 with White House officials.
The Vatican has carefully avoided taking a position on the Palestinian bid for UN recognition. But on his visit to the Holy Land in 2009, Pope Benedict XVI spoke of the “legitimate aspirations” of the Palestinian people, and confirmed the long-standing support of the Holy See for an independent Palestinian state.
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